1 The LordI spokeII to Moses,III saying,IV
2 “AvengeV the IsraelitesVI on the Midianites;VII
afterwardVIII you shall be gatheredIX to your people.”X
3 So Moses spoke to the people, saying, “ArmXI some of your numberXII for the war,XIII
so that they may goXIV against Midian,XV to executeXVI the Lord’s vengeanceXVII on Midian.
4 You shall sendXVIII a thousandXIX from eachXX of the tribesXXI, XXII of Israel to the war.”
5 So out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand from each tribe were conscripted,XXIII twelveXXIV thousand armed for battle.XXV
6 Moses sent them to the war, a thousand from each tribe, along with PhinehasXXVI sonXXVII of EleazarXXVIII the priest,XXIX
with the vesselsXXX of the sanctuaryXXXI and the trumpetsXXXII for sounding the alarmXXXIII in his hand.XXXIV
7 They did battleXXXV against Midian, as the Lord had commandedXXXVI Moses, and killedXXXVII everyXXXVIII male.XXXIX
8 They killed the kingsXL of Midian: Evi,XLI Rekem,XLII Zur,XLIII
Hur,XLIV and Reba,XLV the fiveXLVI kings of Midian, in addition to others who were slainXLVII by them,
and they also killed BalaamXLVIII son of BeorXLIX with the sword.L
9 The Israelites took the womenLI of Midian and their little onesLII captive,LIII and they plunderedLIV allLV their cattle,LVI
LVIItheir flocks,LVIII and all their goods.LIX
10 All their townsLX where they had settled,LXI and all their encampments,LXII they burned,LXIII
11 but they tookLXIV all the spoilLXV and all the plunder,LXVI both peopleLXVII and animals.LXVIII
12 Then they broughtLXIX the captivesLXX and the plunder and the spoil to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the congregationLXXI of the Israelites, at the campLXXII
on the plainsLXXIII of MoabLXXIV by the JordanLXXV opposite Jericho.LXXVI
13 Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leadersLXXVII of the congregation wentLXXVIII to meetLXXIX them outsideLXXX the camp.
14 Moses became angryLXXXI with the officersLXXXII of the army,LXXXIII the commandersLXXXIV of thousands and the commanders of hundreds,LXXXV
who had comeLXXXVI from serviceLXXXVII in the war.LXXXVIII 15 Moses said to them, “Have you allowed all the womenLXXXIX to live?XC
16 XCIThese women here, on Balaam’s advice,XCII madeXCIII the Israelites actXCIV treacherouslyXCV against the Lord
in the affairXCVI of Peor,XCVII so that the plagueXCVIII cameXCIX among the congregation of the Lord.
17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has knownC a manCI by sleepingCII with him.CIII
18 But all the youngCIV girlsCV who have not known a manCVI by sleeping with him, keep aliveCVII for yourselves.
19 CampCVIII outside the campCIX sevenCX days,CXI whoeverCXII of you has killed anyCXIII personCXIV
or touchedCXV a corpse;CXVI purifyCXVII yourselves, you and your captives, on the thirdCXVIII and on the seventhCXIX day.
20 You shall purify every garment,CXX every articleCXXI of skin,CXXII
everythingCXXIII madeCXXIV of goats’CXXV hair, and every article of wood.”CXXVI
21 Eleazar the priest said to the troopsCXXVII who had goneCXXVIII to battle,CXXIX
“This is the statuteCXXX of the lawCXXXI that the LordCXXXII has commanded Moses:
22 CXXXIIIgold,CXXXIV silver,CXXXV bronze,CXXXVI
iron,CXXXVII tin,CXXXVIII and leadCXXXIX—
23 everythingCXL that can withstandCXLI fire,CXLII you shall passCXLIII through fire, and it shall be clean.CXLIV
Nevertheless,CXLV it shall also be purified with the waterCXLVI for purification,CXLVII and whateverCXLVIII cannot withstand fire, you shall pass through the water.
24 You must washCXLIX your clothesCL on the seventh day, and you shall be clean; afterward you may comeCLI into the camp.”CLII
25 The LordCLIII spokeCLIV to Moses, saying, 26 “You and Eleazar the priest and the headsCLV of the ancestralCLVI houses of the congregation
make an inventoryCLVII of the plunderCLVIII captured,CLIX both humanCLX and animal.
27 DivideCLXI the plunderCLXII into two parts,CLXIII between the warriorsCLXIV who went outCLXV to battleCLXVI andCLXVII all the congregation.
28 From the share of the warriorsCLXVIII who went outCLXIX to battle,CLXX set asideCLXXI as tributeCLXXII for the LordCLXXIII
oneCLXXIV itemCLXXV out of every five hundred, whether persons,CLXXVI oxen,CLXXVII donkeys,CLXXVIII or sheep.CLXXIX
29 Take it from their halfCLXXX and give it to Eleazar the priest as an offeringCLXXXI to the Lord.CLXXXII 30 But from the Israelites’ half you shall take oneCLXXXIII out of every fifty,CLXXXIV whether persons,CLXXXV oxen, donkeys, or sheep—all the animals—
and give them to the Levites,CLXXXVI who performCLXXXVII the dutiesCLXXXVIII of the tabernacleCLXXXIX of the Lord.”CXC
31 Then Moses and Eleazar the priest didCXCI as the LordCXCII had commanded Moses.
32 CXCIIIThe plunderCXCIV remainingCXCV
from the spoilsCXCVI that the troopsCXCVII had takenCXCVIII totaled sixCXCIX hundred seventyCC-five thousand sheep, 33 seventy-two thousand oxen, 34 sixtyCCI-one thousand donkeys,
35 andCCII thirtyCCIII-two thousand personsCCIV in all, women who had not known a manCCV by sleeping with him.
36 The half-share,CCVI the portionCCVII of those who had gone outCCVIII to war,CCIX
wasCCX in numberCCXI threeCCXII hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep, 37 and the Lord’sCCXIII tribute of sheep was six hundred seventy-five. 38 The oxen were thirty-six thousand, of which the Lord’sCCXIV tribute was seventy-two. 39 The donkeys were thirty thousand five hundred, of which the Lord’sCCXV tribute was sixty-one.
40 The personsCCXVI were sixteenCCXVII thousand, of which the Lord’sCCXVIII tribute was thirty-two persons.CCXIX 41 Moses gave the tribute, the offering for the Lord,CCXX to Eleazar the priest, as the LordCCXXI had commanded Moses.
42 As for the Israelites’ half, which Moses separatedCCXXII from that of the troops,CCXXIII 43 the congregation’s halfCCXXIV was three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep, 44 thirty-six thousand oxen, 45 thirty thousand five hundred donkeys, 46 and sixteen thousand persons.CCXXV 47 From the Israelites’ halfCCXXVI Moses tookCCXXVII, CCXXVIII
one of everyCCXXIX fifty, both ofCCXXX personsCCXXXI and of animals, and gave them to the Levites, who perform the duties of the tabernacle of the Lord,CCXXXII as the LordCCXXXIII had commanded Moses.
48 Then the officers who were over the thousands of the army,CCXXXIV the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, approachedCCXXXV Moses 49 and said to Moses, “Your servantsCCXXXVI have countedCCXXXVII
the warriorsCCXXXVIII who are under our command,CCXXXIX and not oneCCXL of us is missing.CCXLI 50 And we have broughtCCXLII the Lord’sCCXLIII offering,CCXLIV
what eachCCXLV of us found,CCXLVI articles of gold, armletsCCXLVII and bracelets,CCXLVIII
signet rings,CCXLIX earrings,CCL and pendants,CCLI
to make atonementCCLII for ourselvesCCLIII beforeCCLIV the Lord.”CCLV
51 Moses and Eleazar the priest receivedCCLVI the gold from them, all in the form of craftedCCLVII articles. 52 And all the gold of the offeringCCLVIII that they offeredCCLIX to the Lord,CCLX from the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred fifty shekels.CCLXI
53 (The troopsCCLXII had all taken plunderCCLXIII, CCLXIV for themselves.) 54 So Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from the commanders of thousands and of hundreds and broughtCCLXV it
into the tentCCLXVI of meetingCCLXVII as a memorialCCLXVIII for the Israelites beforeCCLXIX the Lord.CCLXX
Image credit: “Oil Lamp with Bound Prisoner” by a Meroitic artist, between 700 and 200 BC.